“I think it only fair that Lewiston should pay one half the cost of patrolling Lake Auburn during the fishing season,” says a prominent Lewiston business man and a heavy tax payer. “Lewiston uses more water from the lake than Auburn. Lewiston men own cottages and launches on the lake and are as liable to pollute the water as the Auburn men. Everything considered it is proper in a business way as well as a neighborly way for Lewiston to settle one half the cost of patrolling. Lewiston cannot furnish an officer for the work as the lake is in Auburn and a Lewiston constable would not have authority in that city.”

50 years ago, 1958

Numerous citizens, municipal groups and organizations, shocked about the Monday night killing of Lewiston Police Officer Paul J. Simard, plan to send flowers for the patrolman’s funeral. Citizens in many walks of life will attempt to show their sympathy to the family in this way. The shocked citizenry knew Officer Simard, 32, as a courteous, usually smiling policeman always ready to help somebody when it was needed.

Collections for flowers – nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars and bills of more than one denomination – were taken up in many working groups yesterday.

25 years ago, 1983

OXFORD – The 22nd annual Oxford County Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Festival had a good turnout of people this weekend. Displays and exhibits were joined by demonstrations of crafts and field trips to Plumbago Mine at Newry and Mt. Mica at Paris Hill. Members of the Oxford County Mineral and Gem Association had displays of their collections. Many of the minerals collected are from Oxford County, which is one of the richest areas for minerals in the state.

Demonstrations included faceting, cabbing, tumbling, silversmithing, binding with wire, and flat lapping. Children seemed to enjoy the touch table, where larger specimens were arranged. The fluorescent booth had a dazzling display of many stones that come alive under such lighting.

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